wildflowers are strong/tender

in the winter: an afternoon ski.
in the summer: an afternoon hike.

in the winter: strong and tender snow,
soft when it falls–
soft to fall into.
strong enough to hold me up–
supportive enough to hold up an entire industry.
soft enough to avalanche.
melts with the slightest heat.

in the summer: strong and tender wildflowers,
soft petals–
softly blowing in the breeze.
strong enough to grow on a mountain–
to withstand alpine storms.
wilts when picked.


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